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Family & Faith Come First For Halpern

I am not sure how many NHL players besides Jeff Halpern and Mathieu Schneider are of the Jewish Faith, but family and faith should always come first. from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
For his first five seasons in the NHL, the schedule spared Jeff Halpern from having to make a decision. This year, with his team slated to face the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., tonight after Yom Kippur begins at sundown, the Washington Capitals' first-year captain had a choice to make. "I don't think there's any question what I should do," said Halpern, who will be at his family's home in Potomac when his teammates take the ice. Yom Kippur is the Jewish faith's holiest day. "I wish we didn't have a game. But it's too important to me, my family and the community that has supported me, not to participate. I'm not the most religious person in the world, but this is something my family has always observed."

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